Enrolling in High School Grades 7-12

CPS 2016-17 High School Application Period:
February 22 - March 4, 2016

CPS 2015-16 High School Guide (to be updated in early 2016)

High School Application Process

High schools within Cincinnati Public Schools now serve grades 7-12. This 7-12 grade configuration allows students to begin high school-level work earlier, gain skills faster in demanding subjects such as math and science, and earn high school credits sooner.

CPS does not assign students to high schools based on home addresses. Students may select from among all CPS high schools. Some high schools (School for Creative and Performing Arts, Walnut Hills and Dater High) have entrance requirements that must be met.

Details on applying to high school grades at School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Details on applying to Walnut Hills and Dater High - Special College Preparatory Program- SCPP Test.

Students entering high school at grades 7, 8 and 9 apply to high schools via CPS' online application process, with most seats assigned by lottery. 

For the 2016-17 school year, the online High School Application Period is February 22 - March 4, 2016.

Online high school applications will continue to be accepted after the application period closes Spring 2016; however, waiting until later to submit high school applications is not recommended because students then have far less chance of getting into their first-choice high schools. The online High School Application Process ends June 30, 2016. After that, applications to high schools will be accepted at CPS' Customer Help Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, Corryville (45219).

Non-CPS parents who live within CPS' district's boundaries and have children attending private or charter schools in grades 6, 7 and 8 may apply to CPS' high schools by coming to CPS' Customer Help Center at the Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, Corryville (45219). A CPS-network computer must be used to file an online high school application for grades 7, 8 and 9.

Applying to High School for Grades 7, 8 and 9

Non-CPS (In-District) Students Entering CPS

Applying to High School in Upper Grades (10-12)